The Portage woman
whose son--according to authorities--killed her to spare her an unspecified
embarrassment bled to death, the Porter County Coroner’s Office is
After deadline on
Tuesday, Coroner Cyndi Dykes released the preliminary cause of death: Dixie
Trumble, 91, died of exsanguination with blunt force trauma.
son, Charles H. Trumble, 59, was taken into custody on Sunday evening at the
home he shared with his mother in the 5800 block of McCasland Court. Portage
Police said that Charles Trumble struck his mother in the head with a
short-handled sledgehammer, then called 911, telling the dispatcher that “he
killed her because he is about to be exposed for committing awful crimes.”
While officers were
still performing CPD on Dixie Trumble, Charles Trumble was overheard saying,
“My mom was a distinguished woman. I am about to be in trouble for some
really bad stuff and I killed her so she wouldn’t be exposed to it,” Portage
In a subsequent
interview, Charles Trumble “freely and voluntarily waived his constitutional
rights and admitted to killing his mother, Dixie Trumble, by hitting her
with a sledgehammer,” Portage Police said.
A sledgehammer was
recovered at the scene.
Charles Trumble is
being held at the Porter County Jail on a charge of murder.